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post #21 of 32
Just wanted to add that I went with Avalon midwives and loved them. JoAnn Cunha is great. And Morristown is beautiful and you get a postpartem massage. I also live in Bloomfield and the drive is about 20 minutes to their offices. I highly recommend them.
post #22 of 32
Thread Starter 
anners, isnt joann C out on maternity? i hear she had a baby in april, is that true?

also, would any of you mind sharing a bit of your L&D story w/me, and let me know where and with who you delivered? you can of course PM me. Im just getting ready to start scheduling interviews and Id like to have as much background info on the ladies before i go, just to make it easier.

my only real reservation about Lonnie is that St. Mary's in Passaic is the only hosp she has priv at that DOES have a water tub birthing option. mountainside is a good hospital, but has only showers at this point and i would really like the tub option. But it will also matter if I am going to click with the midwife in question and they will be able to help me have the overall birth im looking for (pending no complications of course). My first delivery with my DS was long (25.5 hours from admittance to his first cry) and at the end i was fighting the nurses and doctor so much on drugs and interventions.

Also looking for a GREAT doula. any recs?

Thanks again everyone!
post #23 of 32
For a Doula-we used Deb Cerutti who is out of Bloomfield. She was also our Bradley Coach & our classes were downstairs at Avalon. PM me if you want her contact info. We really like her.

Everyone I know loves Avalon. I know Lonnie Morris & actually was present at my BFs delivery 12 years ago with Lonnie when she was still in Englewood. She is good-don't get freaked out if she comes across cold though. She knows her stuff.

I mentioned this in another thread...make sure you consider who the backup OBs are for any midwives you are looking at & that they support your plan.

Congrats! Good luck! And welcome!!!
post #24 of 32
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anners, isnt joann C out on maternity? i hear she had a baby in april, is that true?
I think she is coming back in September but taking limited on call shifts for a little while.
post #25 of 32
I just saw joanne c at avalon. she is just back from maternity leave.

I had dd at mountainside in 2006. I was told that i could use the labor tub during my tour, but when i got there the nurses said they were too busy to attend and that i needed full-time attendance (and i was using an ob, not a midwife...bad decision). I tried to use the showers for pain relief but they were broken (only cold water) and they would not move me to another room. They did not have EFM, so I had to be my back for monitoring. The monitor kept breaking and/or couldn't get a full 20-minute read, so I was on my back way more than I anticipated during my labor. After 20 hours of labor, at 9 cm dilated, 0 station, and 80% effaced, my dd "got stuck". Anyone want to guess what happened next? The anethesiologist asked me, while I was strapped down for my c-section (with a little bit of a sneer) why I had tried to "do it" with no drugs, and if I would do it again.

I know people who have had good experiences at Mountainside, but I would not go there again even though they are 10 minutes from my house.
post #26 of 32
Thread Starter 
has anyone actually DELIVERED in the water with Avalon? just curious. im hearing things from other mommies that morristown will NOT allow u actually deliver in the water and if you do the hosp rushes off with baby like something is wrong.
post #27 of 32
I know a doula who had a waterbirth at Morristown about 5 months ago. She was using Dr Banks though - not any of the midwives. She was very happy with her experience so I'm guessing they didn't rush off with her baby!
post #28 of 32
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Originally Posted by MamaSerio View Post
has anyone actually DELIVERED in the water with Avalon? just curious. im hearing things from other mommies that morristown will NOT allow u actually deliver in the water and if you do the hosp rushes off with baby like something is wrong.
I know 2 people DELIVERED in the water w/Avalon

AND my friend stayed in the water w/baby for awhile
post #29 of 32
Thread Starter 
decided to cancel my appointment with Avalon after meeting with Lonnie today. Lonnie is a PERFECT match for us. Thanks everyone for your advice
post #30 of 32

While this post is coming late for MamaSerio....for anyone else looking for midwives in NJ...Hackettstown Midwives are AMAZING.  They deliver in Morristown have a ton of water birth experience and do home deliveries as well!   http://www.hackettstownmidwives.com/

post #31 of 32
I had my baby with Judy Hagan CNM and was extremely happy! www.babycatcher.com
post #32 of 32

You must try Eve Tuers. She is on 721 Clifton Ave in Clifton. You will fall in love with her. She is absolutely the best one around. It is also important to go to a midwife that has a good MD back up. His back up, Dr. Hakimi is very pro vaginal birth and supportive of midwives. If you get stuck the last minute, you won't get a doctor who is gonna come and push a C-Section on you He is very good with forceps. So excellent midwife with an excellent & supportive Ob back up! Good Luck.

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